Optometry School Admission Requirements

The first step in applying to optometry school is finding out all the admissions requirements for each program to which you are applying. Expectations may vary from program to program. For example, if you are applying to a clinical optometry program, the admissions office will most likely be looking for experience in a "people-helping" profession. On the other hand, if you are pursuing an academic career via optometry school, the admissions committee will be more interested in your publications.

Some admissions requirements tend to be common to most grad school admissions offices. They include your undergraduate GPA (especially in your major), your OAT scores, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement.

Your undergraduate coursework is important.

As a medical practice and course of study, optometry is grounded in the sciences. Though you don't have to be a general science major in order to be admitted to an optometry school, many programs require courses in mathematics, physics, biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. Furthermore, much of the content on the OAT admissions test will be found in these science classes. Some schools also require English language courses as part of your curriculum.

Admissions boards are looking for well-rounded candidates as well as those with dedicated science candidates. Augment your transcript with electives such as a foreign language, psychology, philosophy, economics and history. These courses will not only enhance your communication skills, but also indicate to admissions boards that you have the intellectual curiosity and academic discipline to succeed in optometry school.